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The Kingdom of Loathing
The KoL logo. "An Adventurer is You!" (quote spoofing Pro Wrestling)
The KoL logo.
"An Adventurer is You!" (quote spoofing Pro Wrestling)
Developer(s) Asymmetric Publications
Publisher(s) Asymmetric Publications
Distributor(s) Asymmetric Publications
Designer(s) Zack "Jick" Johnson
Josh "Mr. Skullhead" Nite
Release date(s) 2003
Genre(s) Turn based MMORPG
Mode(s) Single player with some multiplayer interaction
Platform(s) Web browser
Media Internet
System requirements Web browser, Internet connection
Input Keyboard, Mouse

Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a humorous, browser-based, multiplayer role playing game designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack "Jick" Johnson and writer Josh "Mr. Skullhead" Nite.[1] It is notable for its use of hand-drawn stick figure graphics and writing characterized by surreal humor, wit and parody. Launched in February 2003, the game had attracted a player base of 140,000 regular users by 2006. [2] An image directly from the Kingdom of Loathing website This work is copyrighted. ... For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ... There is also a game called Pro Wrestling for the Sega Master System. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Asymmetric Publications is the company that is responsible for the popular web-based RPG The Kingdom of Loathing. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Asymmetric Publications is the company that is responsible for the popular web-based RPG The Kingdom of Loathing. ... Asymmetric Publications is the company that is responsible for the popular web-based RPG The Kingdom of Loathing. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... A turn-based game, also known as turn-based strategy (TBS), is a game where the game flow is partitioned into well-defined and visible parts, called turns or rounds. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... A multiplayer game is a video game in which more than one person can play the same game at the same time. ... An example of a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox) A web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, videos, music and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network. ... An example of a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox) A web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, videos, music and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network. ... Internet Connections -T5 -T3 -T1 -Cable -DSL -ISP -Dial Up (56 K) -Dial Up (28 K) Left(Fastest) to Right(Slowest) To see how fast your internet connection is. ... A 104-key PC US English QWERTY keyboard layout The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout A standard Hebrew keyboard showing both Hebrew and QWERTY. A computer keyboard is a peripheral partially modelled after the typewriter keyboard. ... Operating a mechanical 1: Pulling the mouse turns the ball. ... Browser games are electronic games that are played online via the Internet. ... A multiplayer game is a video game in which more than one person can play the same game at the same time. ... This article is about traditional role-playing games. ... Asymmetric Publications is the company that is responsible for the popular web-based RPG The Kingdom of Loathing. ... A stick figure. ... Surreal humour is a form of humour based on bizarre juxtapositions, absurd situations, and nonsense logic. ... Look up Wit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


In KoL, players fight monsters for experience, meat (the game's currency), and items, through a turn-based system. Players also interact with each other through player versus player competition, participate in the in-game economy by trading goods and services, and organize themselves into clans. This article is about the food. ... Look up item in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A turn-based game, also known as turn-based strategy, is a game where each participant plays in turn. ... This article is about multiplayer computer role-playing games. ... For other uses, see Clan (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Plot and setting

The player takes on the role of an adventurer who is tasked with solving problems and killing monsters in a fantasy-based Kingdom. The game is humorous in nature, and most quests, battles and individual item descriptions include jokes, witticisms, or references to popular culture.


The Naughty Sorceress has captured and "imprismed" (imprisoned in a prism) the Kingdom's ruler, King Ralph XI. The ultimate object of the game is to defeat the Naughty Sorceress and free the King. For other uses, see Monarch (disambiguation). ...


In King Ralph's absence, most of the power in the Kingdom of Loathing is held by the Council of Loathing, which gives up to 13 quests to players as they increase in level, with the last Council quest given when the player reaches level 13 (the Naughty Sorceress Quest). Players can unlock up to 34 quests from other sources, some of which are only available after ascending. As much as the Council cares about their King, it seems that they are in no particular hurry to aid his rescue. At one point, they explicitly tell the player they "would continue to have absolute power throughout the land" if the player does not free the King, and that there is "Seriously, no rush." This article is about the word, for other meanings see Quest (disambiguation) The quest is a plot device frequently found in mythology and literature. ... Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a humorous, browser-based, multiplayer role playing game designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack Jick Johnson and writer Josh Mr. ...


Gameplay and features

Screenshot of combat against a lemon-in-the-box
Screenshot of combat against a lemon-in-the-box

Gameplay involves fighting monsters, completing quests, gaining skills and stats, and accumulating items and meat, which is the in-game currency. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1026x705, 66 KB) Screenshot of Kingdom of Loathing This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the company that developed the game. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1026x705, 66 KB) Screenshot of Kingdom of Loathing This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the company that developed the game. ... A statistic or stat, in role-playing games, is a piece of data which represents a particular aspect of a fictional character. ... This article is about the food. ...


In a system that is sometimes referred to as turn- or tick-based gameplay, a player is supplied with a number of adventures each day at a time called "rollover", which starts at 8:30 PM, MST (GMT -7) and lasts about 20 minutes, except on Saturdays, when it takes about an hour and a half. 40 adventures are allotted to each player per day, and certain items increase that number when they are either placed at the player's campsite, equipped by the character, or used by their clan. Adventures can also be acquired through food, booze, and stat-raising items, which hurt their spleen. However, only a limited amount of each can be consumed each day, and if the player drinks too much booze they become too drunk to continue adventuring. Once a player has reached the maximum amount of food they can eat their stomach becomes full and they are unable to eat anymore until after rollover. If a player uses too many stat-raising items, they will receive the message "Too many (name of item) are bad for your spleen. That many would make it explode." Although a player can accumulate a large number of adventures, the number is reduced to no more than 200 at rollover. Rollover is essentially a "rest period" for your character; minor amounts of HP and MP are restored, drunkenness, fullness, and spleen damage are reset to zero. [3] Mountain Standard Time (MST) is UTC-7, Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) is UTC-6 The Mountain Time Zone of North America keeps time by subtracting seven hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-7) during the shortest days of autumn and winter, and by subtracting six hours during daylight saving time... For alternate meanings of GMT, see GMT (disambiguation). ... Alcoholic beverages. ... The spleen is an organ located in the abdomen, where it functions in the destruction of old red blood cells and holding a reservoir of blood. ...


Combat against a monster takes one adventure and is turn-based, allowing the player to use attacks, skills, or items each round. A turn-based game, also known as turn-based strategy, is a game where each participant plays in turn. ...


Players can use "meat paste" to combine items. They can also cook food ("cooking"), mix cocktails ("cocktailcrafting"), smith weapons and armor ("meatsmithing"), and make jewelry ("jewelrycrafting"). Some items can only be created by players with a certain skill, which makes them rarer and more valuable (for instance, Saucerors and Pastamancers have access to skills that together make some of the best foods in the game, and Disco Bandits have access to a skill that allows them to make some of the best drinks in the game). Players may also make items such as the "Chef-in-the-box" or "Bartender-in-the-box" to cook or mix drinks for them without consuming adventures (these items have a limited number of uses, after which they explode). Updates and new content are frequent occurrences, and something is added or changed nearly every Tuesday, however as of NS13 tuesday updates have been put on hold. [citation needed] For other uses, see Cocktail (disambiguation). ... A smith, or metalsmith, is a person involved in the shaping of metal objects. ... For other uses, see Weapon (disambiguation). ... Armor or armour (see spelling differences) is protective clothing intended to defend its wearer from intentional harm in combat and military engagements, typically associated with soldiers. ... For other uses, see Chef (disambiguation). ... For the song by Dave Matthews Band, see Bartender (song). ...


Player interaction

While the player versus monster content is largely a single-player game, there are other features based upon multiplayer interaction. This article is about multiplayer computer role-playing games. ...


Player versus player (PvP) combat is voluntary, and only those who have broken their "Magical Mystical Hippy Stone" can attack or be attacked by other players. Players can later repair their stone (players who are inactive for two weeks automatically have them repaired), removing themselves from the PvP community. A PvP battle is unlike combat against monsters and features a series of stat comparisons and a randomized selection of "minigames." These tests, which range from a "Work Ethic Contest" to "Wine Tasting" or even "Balanced Diet", compare sometimes obscure statistics of the two competitors. The winner of the PvP battle can take rank, stats, or sometimes even meat and items from the loser. This article is about multiplayer computer role-playing games. ...


The game features an integrated chat system which is only available after completing a basic test of English grammar and spelling (with one mocking question, "What was the color of George Washington's favorite black horse?"). There are many channels, including a trade channel for buying and selling goods, a games channel for various games and contests, a channel for players who have ascended, private channels for players of each clan, and even a (sparsely used) channel in which all chat must follow the syllabic conventions of English haiku. Most of the chat channels are moderated; those who violate the chat rules are banned, with ban duration increasing for successive bans. Players can also message each other and send gift packages in-game. The official Kingdom of Loathing forums are also an active venue for discussion among players. English grammar is a body of rules specifying how meanings are created in English. ... English spelling (or orthography), although largely phonemic, has more complicated rules than many other spelling systems used by languages written in alphabetic scripts and contains many inconsistencies between spelling and pronunciation, necessitating rote learning for anyone learning to read or write English. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the operating system, see Haiku (operating system). ...


Players may join a clan, a group of players who can share items through a clan stash and a clan hall, which can be furnished with beneficial equipment. A clan may choose to engage in inter-clan warfare, fighting other clans for prestige and status. Members can chat with their friends in a clan-specific chat channel.


Players can create a store in The Mall of Loathing and sell items to other players. Direct trading between two players is also possible, and some players enjoy playing the market in an attempt to attain economic superiority.


Players use display cases to show off collections of various items, as a second store, or simply to store items they do not immediately need.


Players can also be listed on certain leaderboards for doing certain things such as eating or drinking a certain amount of a certain item, or collecting an item. Also, there is a record for how far players have gotten in Fernswarthy's basement, which seems to go on forever and requires the player to have increasingly higher attributes as they proceed through the basement.


Character classes

Players choose from six classes when they create a character (and after each ascension). Each class specializes in one attribute, and raising that attribute sufficiently results in gaining a level. Each class has an "epic hat" and "epic weapon", which gives a bonus to their main attribute to that class alone. Players also receive a non-tradable class-dependent stainless steel or plexiglass item as a reward for completing each hardcore or hardcore oxygenarian ascension. There is also a trophy for each of these classes, awarded to those who attain level 30 or higher. This article is about a concept in role-playing games. ... In computer and video games, a level (sometimes called a stage, course, episode, round, world, map, wave, board, phase, or landscape) is a separate area in a games virtual world, in modern games typically representing a specific location such as a building or a city. ... The 630 foot high, stainless-clad (type 304L) Gateway Arch defines St. ... Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or poly (methyl 2-methylpropenoate) is the synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate. ...

Seal Clubber 
Seal Clubbers are a muscle-based offensive class, with skills that expand their fighting style, increasing damage as well as defenses. They have access to skills which allow them to craft weapons and pulverize items into elemental components, which then can be smithed into other equipment.
Turtle Tamer 
Turtle Tamers are a muscle-based defensive class, with combat abilities that depend on and enhance their armor. They can learn to craft armor and cast a number of defensive and familiar-enhancing buffs.
Pastamancer 
Pastamancers are a mysticality-based crafting/spellcasting class, with the ability to summon and cook noodles, making some of the best foods in the game. They can also learn combat and healing spells.
Sauceror 
Saucerors are mystical spellcasters who can cook potions and sauces, ingredients of powerful noodle dishes. They can also create saucespheres (shield buffs which can damage enemies), restore health and bestow other effects. They have offensive combat spells and passive skills which increase spell damage.
Disco Bandit 
Disco Bandits are a moxie-based class with high evasion and the skills to make advanced cocktails, highly potent booze. They also have combat abilities which weaken their enemies and looting skills which increase item and meat drops. They, along with Accordion Thieves, can pickpocket enemies to steal their items, including some items that can only be obtained from pickpocketing.
Accordion Thief 
Accordion Thieves are a moxie-based class whose music can provide a wide variety of buffs to themselves as well as other players. In fact, all but one of their skills are buffs, providing a wide array of enhancements such as increased damage, improved stats, or drop rate increases. Their mortal enemies include mariachis. Like Disco Bandits, they have the ability to pickpocket enemies.

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Familiars

Familiars are creatures that can accompany players in combat, performing (usually) helpful actions. Players obtain familiars by placing certain items into a "Familiar-Gro™ Terrarium" at their campground. Inside, the items "hatch", becoming the familiar. A player can adventure with one familiar at a time; the rest remain stored in the terrarium. Familiar equipment is available to improve the abilities of each familiar. There is familiar specific equipment and some generic equipment, as well. “Familiar” redirects here. ... A terrarium is a clear container (often plastic or glass) used to grow plants and to examine or hold small creatures. ...


Most familiars gain experience to gain levels (expressed as weight in pounds) as they participate in combat, compete against other familiars in the Cake-Shaped Arena, and through other means. Familiars become stronger as they gain experience. The maximum base weight of a familiar is 20 pounds. This weight can be increased with items, equipment, and buffs. At each ascension, the player's familiars experience is reset to zero and weight is reset to one pound. However, the number of kills that each familiar accumulates doesn't reset when players ascend. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a humorous, browser-based, multiplayer role playing game designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack Jick Johnson and writer Josh Mr. ...


Familiars display many abilities. For example, a Sabre-toothed Lime attacks monsters, a Leprechaun grants extra meat after combat, and a Hovering Sombrero increases stat gains. Some familiars are combinations of two other types, and cost the equivalent of one Mr. Accessory or more. Others, such as the Misshapen Animal Skeleton and the Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot, require a lengthy search or expenditure of meat to gather their component parts. Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... A modern stereotypical depiction of a Leprechaun of the type popularised in the 20th Century. ... Sombrero Sombrero means hat in Spanish. ...


Ascension

Ascension effectively allows players to "win" the game, and then restart their characters at first level. Players can select a new character class and gender, and also pick a zodiac sign. They can opt into voluntary challenges of dietary path and "hardcore" ascension. Players may drop these extra challenges at any time. At ascension, players may choose one current skill and make it permanent; permanent skills are kept through all future ascensions, although skills acquired from non-hardcore ascensions are not available during hardcore ascensions. This feature is very similar to the "New Game+" option in many console-based video games. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a humorous, browser-based, multiplayer role playing game designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack Jick Johnson and writer Josh Mr. ... New Game Plus (usually written as New Game +) is a video game mode that allows the player to start a new game after they finish the game at least once, where certain aspects of the finished game affect the newly started game. ...


Some content is only available to players who have ascended, including new areas (open only to those with certain zodiac signs) and new items, including rewards for ascending. These rewards will differ depending on the restrictions that were imposed on the player in the previous ascension (hardcore ascensions, for example). The traditional, softcore ascension rewards include a tattoo (this tattoo will vary depending on the number of ascensions the player has completed), a ten-leafed clover, and either a hamethyst, baconstone, or porquoise gem. Hardcore ascensions will yield a different tattoo, a ten-leafed clover, and a pork-elf goodies sack, which contains five of the aforementioned gems. Players will also receive a class-unique stainless steel or plexiglass item, depending on if the ascension is Hardcore Oxygenarian or not. Players who place dietary restrictions on themselves receive special food items as a reward, as well, with hardcore ascensions yielding three of the special food. For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... Look up gem in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... Gems can refer to: gemstones, or Gems Gems TV, a shopping channel specializing in Gemstones. ...


Normal ascension

When a player chooses to ascend normally, that player's items and meat go into Hagnk's Ancestral Mini-Storage and are not fully accessible to the player for the first 1000 turns (a period known as "ronin"). During that time the player is allowed twenty withdrawals from Hagnk's each day. For each pull, the player may take either one item, or one thousand meat. In addition, while in ronin, the player may not obtain items or receive buffs from other players or buy items from the Mall. Players who wish to send items to other ronin players must use a packaging item, which puts the sent item in a package to be stored away in Hagnk's. Normal ascension is colloquially referred to as "softcore."[citation needed] Graves of the forty-seven Ronin at Sengaku-ji Ronin robbing a merchants house in Japan around 1860 (1) For other uses, see Ronin (disambiguation). ...


Hardcore ascension

In "hardcore" ascension, the restrictions of ronin apply for the entire run and players have no access to items or meat from their previous ascensions or the Mall until they defeat the Naughty Sorceress and free the King. Packaging sent items also applies in hardcore. A player in a hardcore ascension does not have access to skills marked "Permanent" (taken as permanent after a normal ascension), but only skills marked as "Hardcore Permanent" (taken as permanent after previous hardcore ascensions). A player completing a hardcore ascension receives an untradable, highly-valuable piece of stainless steel equipment specific to the class that completed the ascension. The 630 foot high, stainless-clad (type 304L) Gateway Arch defines St. ...


Bad Moon Ascension

Bad Moon Ascension, also known before the official revelation of the name as "hardercore" or "ubercore," is a difficult type of Hardcore ascension intended to create a level playing field for speed ascension. It can only be unlocked through completing a Hardcore ascension without experiencing any ten-leaf clover adventures. Bad Moon is regarded as a Zodiac sign and acts as a non-pathed Hardcore ascension with additional restrictions imposed upon it. A Bad Moon ascender begins without any skills previously marked "Permanent" or "Hardcore Permanent" and neither retains a terrarium nor any previous familiars, which must be regained for use. Under Bad Moon, players can access special skills and adventures unique to the ascension type, which include both detrimental and beneficial effects, reflecting Bad Moon's general theme of "give-and-take." Also reflecting the theme are the Brimstone class-specific pieces of equipment, which are the rewards for completing Bad Moon ascensions. Bad Moon was released as part of NS13, but the game developers did not reveal the method of unlocking this sign; it was discovered by players on Thursday July 12, 2007. Like dietary paths, the Bad Moon sign can be dropped, but doing so leaves the player without the benefits of any Zodiac sign for the remainder of the run.[citation needed] Brimstone is an archaic name for sulfur. ...


Casual Ascension

Casual ascension is a type of ascension added as part of the NS13 expansion on June 24, 2007. Casual ascension removes the "ronin" restriction present in "normal" runs, allowing unrestricted access to equipment from previous runs from the first turn. However, casual ascenders do not receive the ascension rewards given to those who complete a normal ascension and cannot make a skill permanent.


Dietary path

Upon ascension, players can choose one of three dietary paths. They may become a "teetotaler" (may eat food and drink non-alcoholic drinks, but may not consume booze), a "boozetafarian" (may drink booze but may not eat food (or drink non-alcoholic beverages)), or an "oxygenarian" (who can neither eat nor drink). Although following a dietary path slows progress, a player who completes a pathed ascension receives larger rewards, including path-specific tattoos and special food, booze, or usable items. A Hardcore Oxygenarian, or "Oxycore", ascension is an extremely difficult ascension path, but rewards the player with a piece of plexiglass equipment, which is extremely powerful. Teetotalism is the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. ... Inedia is the alleged ability to live without food. ... Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or poly (methyl 2-methylpropenoate) is the synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate. ...


Zodiac signs

A player's zodiac sign confers a hidden bonus and allows access to one of three special post-ascension areas. There are nine specific signs grouped into three categories: Muscle, Mysticality and Moxie. These zodiac signs are not the traditional zodiac signs, but ones specific to the game, with names like "The Marmot", "The Vole" and "The Blender". A quick glance will reveal that each Zodiac sign is in fact the same combination of dots and lines rotated and otherwise geometrically transformed. Western astrology employs the tropical zodiac which divides the ecliptic into twelve signs of equal length starting at the first point of Aries, which is defined as the point at which the ecliptic (the apparent path of the Sun through the heavens) crosses the celestial equator at the spring equinox. ...


As of NS13 a new zodiac sign, Bad Moon, was added. This sign, which must be earned, creates a perfectly level playing field for ascenders, providing no access to previously acquired meat, items, skills or familiars. Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a humorous, browser-based, multiplayer role playing game designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack Jick Johnson and writer Josh Mr. ...


History

On 10 February 2003, the Kingdom of Loathing was officially launched to the public in an open beta-testing stage.[citation needed] On Thursday 9 June 2005 came the release of ascension, followed by another major update to the game on 25 June 2007, NS13. is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) is a humorous, browser-based, multiplayer role playing game designed and operated by Asymmetric Publications, including creator Zack Jick Johnson and writer Josh Mr. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

"Black Sunday" and its aftermath
During the beta-testing phase, some serious bugs were found and exploited, resulting in a severe influx of duplicate items and meat into the economy. The worst of these incidents occurred on the 8th of August 2004, a day now known to players as "Black Sunday." In order to revive the economy without upsetting the player base, a number of "meat sinks" - expensive "must have" items and services - were instituted to slowly leech meat from the economy. The Penguin Mafia, an in-storyline organization of belligerent penguin criminals, appeared in the game world over the subsequent months, creating a series of in-game events designed as meat sinks. Despite massive amounts of currency leaving the game (according to Jick, one-fifth to one-tenth percent per day), some of the richest players were reluctant to part with their meat and still hoard billions. Most would say, however, that the problem has essentially been fixed.[citation needed]
"White Wednesday"
On Wednesday the 26th of October 2005, Jick accidentally deleted several data tables during rollover, causing all users' alternate ascension inventories (at Hagnk's) to be reverted back to their previous state as of September 6. This accident has come to be known as "White Wednesday." It took more than 32 hours for Jick to bring the game back online because he had to use the full backup from September.[4] After he fixed this problem, he apologized to everybody and gave them a special item called "petrified time" which has since become a very rare and valuable item. The developers created new game content in the form of temporal rifts that sent players backwards and forwards in time and provided an in-storyline explanation for the accident, referred to as "The Great Time Catastrophe." In the following weeks, Jick and the Asymmetric Publications staff worked to restore valuable items to players who had lost them. From November to December 2005, all the rifts closed, except the one in the Nearby Plains, which in August 2006 was made mostly unavailable.
The Gray Plague
Another event, which began on the 11th of October 2005, was the introduction of "The Gray Plague," a fictional disease which caused the infected players' font to fade into progressively lighter shades of gray (eventually becoming very hard to read in chat).[5] The cause was traced to "comfy blankets," suspicious items that infected the user while they rested. A cure could be created through a mini-quest, though the player could easily become re-infected. The plague was thought to be spread through chat and messages, and at its height more than 30,000 player characters were infected.[6] Eventually, a new quest appeared that allowed players to create doses of a permanent plague cure (called "Ofuxxor"), which could be used on other players. After implementation of this quest the plague was eliminated within a few days.
Because the Gray Plague began on Columbus Day and because "comfy blankets" were given out by a character named Cristobal Colon, it's likely that this event was inspired by stories of the deliberate exposure of Native Americans to smallpox-bearing blankets. The event possesses similarities with the widespread and devastating, but accidental, Corrupted Blood outbreak that occurred in World of Warcraft about one month earlier, and the idea of an effective virtual plague may have been inspired by that incident.
The Comet
On the 25th of May 2006, a comet appeared in the skies above the game world. On the evening of the 3rd of June 2006, the comet collided with Grimace, one of the two moons of Kingdom of Loathing. In the game's chat channels, the word "*rumble*" followed by "KABOOOM!" appeared just before the game went offline for nightly rollover. The results of the comet collision include the creation of a third, smaller moon; the destruction of the observatory from which the comet had been sighted; and the planetfall of a large chunk of Grimacite, which has since been exploited by the Penguin Mafia. Equipment made of Grimacite was introduced into the game, obtained by winning raffles hosted by the Penguin Mafia. [7]
Holiday events
There are a number of holidays within the Kingdom that are both game-related and correlated to real-world holidays. Jick and Mr. Skullhead add new content to some holidays each time they occur. The biggest holiday in the Kingdom is Crimbo, which correlates to the real-world Christmas.For the past two years Crimbo has come with new zones and associated items and, in 2006, new quests. Other regularly-celebrated holidays in the Kingdom include Halloween, Dependence Day, and April Fools' Day.
Tuesday updates
Since August 2006, the developers have added new content to the game on most Tuesdays. These "Tuesday Updates" have ranged from changes to clan structure and game mechanics to the implementation of new adventure zones and items. However, as of NS13 this has been discontinued.[citation needed]
NS13
NS13 is a major content addition implemented on June 24, 2007. The player is now given the Naughty Sorceress Quest at level 13 (rather than the previous level 11). New quests for levels 11 and 12 have been implemented, as well as around 30 new zones, 100 new monsters, 350 new item drops and around 20 new trophies. NS13 introduced two new ascension types: casual ascensions which have no ronin period (so a player may have access to their full inventory at the start of each ascension) and Bad Moon, a type of Hardcore ascension which offers a level playing field. NS13 also included a number of content additions to existing quests. Along with the new content, there were also significant changes to game mechanics to slow down speed ascenders.

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Business model

Kingdom of Loathing does not charge subscription fees. Maintenance and development of the game is supported by sale of associated merchandise, and by donations. Player donations of at least $10 USD to Asymmetric Publications result in a 'gift' of an in-game stat-boosting item known as a Mr. Accessory or "Mr. A;" one Mr. A for every $10 donated. Mr. Accessories can be traded to other players, spent in the "Mr. Store" to buy powerful items (including special monthly items), or used to purchase customization of one's account (such as a unique avatar). 5 Mr. As can be used to purchase a Golden Mr. A. The many uses of Mr. Accessories help to ensure a steady flow of incoming donations. The subscription business model is a business model that has long been used by magazines and record clubs, but the application of this model is spreading. ... In commerce, a product is a good economics and accounting good or service which can be bought and sold. ... Donation is a gift to a fund or cause, typically for charitable reasons. ... USD redirects here. ... Example of an avatar as used on internet forums. ...


Jick offers a different gift for a donation of $10 Canadian in cash: an in-game item called Mr. Eh?. Mr. Eh? is a slightly weaker Canadian version of Mr. Accessory, and cannot be similarly traded for other in-game items. The power of Mr. Eh? corresponds to the exchange rate between Canadian and American currency. The enchantment of the Mr. Eh? was slightly improved on May 8, 2006 due to changes in the exchange rate of Canadian dollars to United States dollars. Jick and Mr. Skullhead have stated that Mr. Eh? will not be tradable at Mr. Store.[8]


Recently the Canadian exchange rate has become higher than the American, however Jick and Co. have yet to make any significant change the the Mr. Eh?


Trading

Like most sites that use some sort of virtual currencies, it has a trading system called the "Mall of Loathing." Most items, such as food, clothes, and Mr. As can be traded in this way.


However, some items cannot be exchanged through the mall. There is also a trade chat channel, where users can auction items, advertise shops, and sell items. Gift items (like stuffed animals) can only be sent through the in-game messaging system (K-Mail). Other things like quest items and Stainless Steel/Plexiglass items cannot be moved from one character to another in any way.


Community

Many regular KoL players advocate the use of proper grammar, spelling and punctuation, and will correct those who misspell words or use leet in chat (which contributes to the irony of the game's motto, "An Adventurer is You!", a reference to the Nintendo classic, Pro Wrestling).[citation needed] There are, of course, notable exceptions to this rule of thumb.[citation needed]Spoilers are generally discouraged in KoL.[citation needed] Players are encouraged to give hints, sometimes in haiku form, to help less experienced players. In the KoL forums, spoilers are typically hidden in black boxes. It is forbidden to publicly give away spoilers in chat, and it is also forbidden to say anything about Coldfront, or any other spoiler site outside of KoL.[citation needed] Even so, many external websites provide spoilers and are extremely popular among KoL players.[citation needed] Many players use these sites to learn tricks about Speed Ascension and Hardcore. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... There is also a game called Pro Wrestling for the Sega Master System. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the operating system, see Haiku (operating system). ...


Player-based projects

There have been several player-based projects that revolve around the game. Successful projects include the official KoL fansite Coldfront which now hosts a growing KoL-specific wiki; The Player-Made Music Site, a sizable collection of music created by players of the game that features both parodies and original songs about the game as well as non-game-related pieces by or involving players (as well as links to many band and artist sites); and KoL Weekly, a web-based fanzine about goings on in the Kingdom. A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular subject for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ...


KoLmafia is a fan-made Java desktop client for the game. It provides an alternative interface to the game as well as several bot utilities to automate many aspects of the game. An updated version of KoLMafia was released in mid-July 2007, to handle the changes introduced by the implementation of NS13. Similar projects include KoLmelion and KoL CLI. In a similar vein, several players have developed an extensive library of Greasemonkey scripts for the Firefox web browser. These scripts allow users a great deal of extra functionality and enable customization of the game's interface. KoLmafia is Java-based automation software for the popular browser-based multiplayer role playing game Kingdom of Loathing. ... A Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is a set of computer software programs and data structures which implements a specific virtual machine model. ... A bot, most prominently in the first person shooter PC game types (FPS), is a robotic computer controlled entity that simulates an online or LAN multiplayer human deathmatch opponent, team deathmatch opponent or a cooperative human player. ... Screenshot of the BookBurro user script running in Greasemonkey. ... “Firefox” redirects here. ...


Radio

A Web-based SHOUTcast radio station, Radio KoL is the "official unofficial" radio station of Kingdom of Loathing. It is a 24/7 DJ-hosted station, with volunteer DJs drawn from the KoL user base. Radio KoL is nonprofit and sustains itself solely through donations.[citation needed] Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. ... SHOUTcast is a multiplatform freeware digital audio streaming technology developed by Nullsoft. ... 24/7 is an abbreviation which stands for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, usually referring to the availability of a service. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ...


Radio KoL was founded in June 2004 by Kingdom of Loathing players SeveredToe and Artsychick (all DJs are known by their KoL character names.) The station gained popularity, and by August 2004 there were enough DJs to take the station live 24/7. During the 2004 holiday season, Radio KoL climbed to the top of the station rankings of its current host, Fast-Serv. Currently, the station's capacity is 150 listener slots at 24kb and 150 at 64kb.


Radio KoL primarily consists of DJ-hosted music shows. There is a high degree of interaction between DJs and players within the KoL chat system, through which the DJs frequently take requests, hold contests, and give away prizes. Talk shows also air, including regular shows in which Jick and the game developers discuss the state of the game. In spite of their participation, Radio KoL is not operated by Asymmetric Publications. The current Radio KoL administration includes EyeSpeculum (who remains in charge of the servers), Amplitude (the station manager), and KolMohDee (Hiring Director). A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... Asymmetric Publications is the company that is responsible for the popular web-based RPG The Kingdom of Loathing. ...


In March 2005 SeveredToe and Artsychick hosted the first official Radio KoL party, Arkanstock 2005, at their home in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In late July of 2005, SeveredToe and Artsychick left the station and created a second, unofficial radio station for the KoL community called "WKOL: We Know Our Listeners." WKOL operated until June 2006. Arkadelphia is a city located in Clark County, Arkansas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Largest metro area Little Rock Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ...


Radio GKOL, more commonly known as GKOL, is a Shoutcast station that was created by /games regulars, and uses many of those regulars as DJs to host shows.[citation needed] These shows often include games, contests, and prizes. Their motto is: "We exist to give you sh1t."


References

  1. ^ An Adventurer Is You: The Zack Johnson/Kingdom of Loathing Interview by Park Cooper, Silverbulletcomicbooks.com
  2. ^ World of Doodlecraft by Christopher Null, October 2006, Wired Magazine
  3. ^ Rollover - TheKolWiki. Coldfront L.L.C.. Retrieved on 2007-08-28.
  4. ^ White Wednesday [1]
  5. ^ The Gray Plague [2]
  6. ^ Gray Plague Numbers [3]
  7. ^ The Comet at the Kolwiki [4]
  8. ^ http://forums.kingdomofloathing.com/viewtopic.php?t=86525

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External links

  • Official website
  • Asymmetric Publications
  • An interview with Jick, one of KoL's authors
  • Review by ESCMag's Editor-in-Chief, Andy Grieser
  • Common Sense Media's Review by Jean Armour Polly
  • KoL Wiki

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